Alot of eyes will be looking at Microsoft and Nintendo, but especially Microsoft as this year is going to be interesting for them as the Xbox One X just released and it has been a massive success. However, I have my eyes on Sony to see what they end up doing since they recently announced that four games will appear at their conference. In addition to these first party exclusives, alot of attention will go into the third party games but nothing new in terms of hardware will be shown off.
Sony has had a few W’s when it comes to E3 but last year was very lackluster but overall the entirety of E3 2017 was a bit underwhelming. On top of their impressive E3 showcases, they have done a good job to secure third party marketing deals and third party exclusive content, a region where Microsoft is failing at securing. Because of this, alot of eyes are on Sony and I’m kind of intrigued to see what they’re going to bring out, especially what is the exclusive content when it comes to Red Dead Redemption 2.
Here is the last of my E3 predictions as we head into E3 this week. Let’s get started.
TLOU II Will Release in Late 2019
The Last of Us was one of the best games to come out of the PS3 era and many fans of the franchise have been eagerly awaiting more info on this sequel. Naughty Dog released two teaser trailers showcasing that TLOU Part II will be a much darker and more adult oriented game then the original game. We don’t know anything about the story but however, Sony has said that it will focus on TLOU Part II alongside the three other games at their E3 conference.
I predict that Sony will release details on when TLOU Part II will be hitting shelves and I predict that the release date will be in October of 2019 to line up with the Holiday season and I think it would make a lot of sense to release it during the holiday seasons to get as much sales during Black Friday. This game is going to be awesome.
A Surprise is in store
Last year’s E3 press conference was kind of lackluster, the entire show itself was also very lackluster but I think this year will be a lot better because the amount of games that will be shown and a lot of hype that’s behind plenty of the games.
I predict that Sony will throw a curveball at us, a few surprises in store will sure be there no doubt. The announcement of Ghosts of Tsushima, Spiderman, Death Stranding, amongst others started out that way as curveballs. We know that Sony will focus on 4 games but I feel like that’s just half of the story and there will be plenty of surprises in store waiting for us.
Red Dead Redemption II Shows Up & Exclusive Content Announced
Two years ago, Playstation and Rockstar announced that some RDRII online content would be available first for the PS4. Since then, we haven’t heard what this exclusive online content is or how long will it be exclusive to PS4 players. We’ll sure learn more about it this year.
Usually, Rockstar doesn’t show up at E3 as they like to keep to themselves and announce things through their newswire but I feel like this year will be different and Rockstar will indeed show up to E3 2018 and give us a first proper glimpse at gameplay through a gameplay trailer and maybe a short 20 minute demo of a mission.
Death Stranding Gets a Gameplay Demo with Kojima explaining “What the fuck this game is?”
Three trailers in and I still don’t know what the fuck Death Stranding is. At this point, we’ve only received small hints about the game’s plot and how the game will actually play. The surreal images of the three previous trailers have intrigued me and others but another surreal trailer will most likely do the game any good because curiosity can take something so far before people start losing interest so there has to be something more substantial and meaningful that gives light on what this game is all about.
I believe Kojima will show up on stage again and go into great detail about what Death Stranding is while showing us some pre-alpha footage of the game in action. I would love to see Kojima going in-depth and giving us a lot of details surrounding this with no release date attached. I believe that Death Stranding is a PS5 launch game.
Ghost of Tsushima
We know that we’re going to get a brand new look at Ghosts of Tsushima but we don’t know anything else about it. If you don’t know what Ghosts of Tsushima is, let me refresh you: Ghost of Tsushima is a historical game set in 1247 during the Mongolian invasion of the island of Tsushima and you play as the last samurai to defend the island and put a stop to their reign of terror.
This game intrigues me the most out of what Sony has in store, outside of TLOU Part II, as I’m a sucker for historical games and this game is surely up my alley. I think this game will be a cross generation game as the PS5 comes into existence and a new generation rolls around.
Days Gone will re-appear
Days Gone was first announced two years ago and it was later delayed from 2018 to 2019 and it looks to be interesting, despite not really being up my alley but I hope to see another gameplay trailer and a firm release date.
Days Gone is a game that doesn’t really a lot of attention from what I noticed and I hope that changes or Sony changes that to at least garner a bit of hype surrounding it.
So, what’s next? I don’t know but I’m pretty excited and speculating is part of the fun as we head into E3.
Tomorrow, I will detail my top 10 most anticipated games of E3 2018. See you then!